Hermanus Travel Guide

 

Description

This lovely town, on the coastal area of the Overberg, is most well known for its awesome land based whale watching.

Most of Hermanus’ shoreline is rocky cliff, quite high above Walker Bay so it offers fantastic viewpoints from which to observe the huge southern right whales as they come into the bay to mate, calve and just hang out in the (relatively) warm water. (It’s warmer than Antarctica.) A whale crier blows a horn made from kelp and informs locals and tourists alike where the whales are to be found at any given time. The whales usually arrive in late winter – towards the end of June or beginning of July – and stay until autumn, with the last stragglers heading back down south in November, or even December. The town holds a whale festival every year from the end of September to the beginning of October.

There is a fabulous path, most of which is wheelchair-friendly, along the cliff top. As well as the lovely sea views and sightings of whales, there are many pretty and fragrant flowers. It is a wonderful path and it’s generally safe but use your common sense and don’t walk alone on it when there are hardly any other people about. There is also a boat based whale watching operator based in the New Harbour. Other attractions in this lovely town include a wine tasting cellar, a museum, in which you can see many exhibits pertaining to whaling and fishing, and a golf course.

The nearby Hermanus Lagoon is a great place to sail or paddle, and the paragliding is excellent. The diving is great and Hermanus is a popular beach destination, even though there is only one beach. For nature lovers a visit to the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is a great way to get up close to the dainty montane coastal fynbos which attracts scores of jewel bright sunbirds and elegant sugarbirds which flit about the proteas. There are loads of marked trails for strolls or long walks taking in the extensive views of Walker Bay.

Hermanus is just bursting at the seams with good restaurants, lovely guest houses and characterful hotels.

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Accommodation near Hermanus

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Brown Jug
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33%
from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Brown Jug

Sleeps 12 Eastcliff Guest House in Eastcliff

Abel, Louise and Luke, the friendly Labradors Keesha and Tula, and kitties It and Squeek look forwar...

from R1,800
1 night, 2 adults

@ Onrus

Sleeps 8 Onrus Self-catering in Onrus

This is a beautiful and modern Greek-style house situated in Onrus, within walking distance to the b...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

D'Vine View

Sleeps 8 Sandbaai Bed and Breakfast in Sandbaai

Welcome to Sandbaai, Hermanus and D’Vine. D’Vine View offers two B & B units and one self-catering c...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Hermanus Whale View Self-catering

Sleeps 4 Westcliff (Hermanus) Self-catering in Westcliff (Hermanus)

Hermanus Whale View Self-catering is a situated in Hermanus, the foremost land based whale watching ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Jasmine Cottage

Sleeps 2 Hermanus Self-catering in Hermanus

Jasmine Cottage is a private, self-catering cottage with secure, undercover, off-road parking in sou...

AmaKhosi Guesthouse
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30%
from R650
1 night, 2 adults

AmaKhosi Guesthouse

Sleeps 10 Sandbaai Guest House in Sandbaai

Spoil yourself and enjoy your holiday at the AmaKhosi Guesthouse, newly opened owner-managed first-c...

from R1,200
1 night, 2 adults

Kenjockity Apartments

Sleeps 12 Eastcliff Self-catering in Eastcliff

Kenjockity offers four newly built self-catering apartments that are both comfortable and stylish. S...

from R1,300
1 night, 2 adults

Beaumonte Guest House

Sleeps 10 Vermont ZA Guest House in Vermont ZA

We offer accommodation with spectacular 180-degree sea front views across Walker Bay, and unlimited ...

from R2,200
1 night, 2 adults

Brower Holiday House

Sleeps 8 Voelklip Self-catering in Voelklip

Four-bedroom, three-bathroom family home located two minutes' walk from Voelklip beach in the seasid...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Whale Coast Lodge

Sleeps 28 Westcliff (Hermanus) Lodge in Westcliff (Hermanus)

Whale Coast Lodge and Cottages is a luxurious child friendly home where children have space to play....